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TV Junkie: HBO's Got Obama Inaugural Covered; 'Damages' Returns Tonight!

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"Damages" Season 2 on FX @ 10pm

HBO has acquired the exclusive rights to air Barack Obama's inauguration kick-off events on January 18th. The actual inauguration ceremony will be carried by several outlets but the 90+ minutes of live performances preceding the ceremony will exclusively belong to HBO. In 1993, paid $1.5 million to air the performances preceding Bill Clinton's inauguration but unlike that year, HBO says it will provide access to all viewers and not just HBO subscribers.

Also, Lou the Mule was credited with saving a woman from a fire.

Tonight we are very excited about the season premiere of the Emmy-award winning "Damages" (FX @ 10pm). We've waited over a year for this and we're very hungry for it. The remarkable performances of Ted Danson and Glenn Close will be supplemented by Timothy Olyphant and William Hurt, among others. There is no better hour of TV on tonight. Frobisher! Frobisher! Frobisher!!!

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The TV Junkie Plan: "Great Performances" (the 1st hour at least), "Damages" (duh), Letterman, Ferguson

8:00pm 13: Fear is Real The CW - Series Premiere

8:00pm Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac PBS/KCET- Kevin Kline stars as Cyrano de Bergerac in the play's first return to Broadway since 1984

9:00pm The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards CBS - A viewer poll determines favorites in television, movies and music; Queen Latifah hosts.

9:00pm Ghost Hunters International Sci Fi - Season Premiere

10:00pm Damages FX - Season Premiere

10:00pm Barbara Walters Special: Patrick Swayze ABC - Interview.

10:00pm Top Chef Bravo - Contestants must make a sweet treat without using sugar.

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Comic Ricky Gervais; actress Rose Byrne; Okkervil River performs

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor William Shatner, Shatner!!